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Le Ziz – Review

In the middle of Dalston Square, a gleaming glassy complex that wouldn’t look amiss in the City (but is actually only a two-minute walk from Dalston Junction station), sits new Turkish restaurant ‘le ziz’. The sister restaurant to Canary Wharf’s Hazev, it’s the second joint venture from the Tas and Haz restaurant groups, and has been tipped as one to watch by those in the know. The interior was tastefully decorated; a mix of wooden panelling and Iznik-print wallpaper and tiles. The low lighting gave the place a relaxed but somewhat intimate ambiance and the general vibe seemed to be […]

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Nozomi’s New Look

Forget January, September is the month of new starts, a new season, that inevitable going back to school feeling and after a summer of alfresco drinking we have just enough time to detox before we’re back to partying for Christmas. Luxury restaurant, Nozomi has also had a new start by undergoing a bit of a transformation. Open for lunch and dinner, Nozomi clients vary from the well-heeled, discerning local residents to international travellers, and well-known celebrities such as Jay Z, Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, and Usain Bolt to name a few, but rather than contemporary fame they’ve looked to the 1920’s […]

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Nozomi’s New Look

Forget January, September is the month of new starts, a new season, that inevitable going back to school feeling and after a summer of alfresco drinking we have just enough time to detox before we’re back to partying for Christmas. Luxury restaurant, Nozomi has also had a new start by undergoing a bit of a transformation. Open for lunch and dinner, Nozomi clients vary from the well-heeled, discerning local residents to international travellers, and well-known celebrities such as Jay Z, Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, and Usain Bolt to name a few, but rather than contemporary fame they’ve looked to the 1920’s […]

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The Balcon’s ‘Vegetables’ Menu Review

In homage to all things healthy French artist, Patrick Laroche, has created a new exhibition called Vegetables, which sees your typical veg given a chrome make-over and supersized. Housed in Sofitel London St James the impressive sculptures are placed in and around the hotel, restaurant and even the entrance where a towering pink asparagus greets guests. To celebrate Laroche’s art, the Head Chef at the hotel’s restaurant The Balcon, Vincent Ménager, has created a special menu geared towards the mighty vegetable with treats like Sweet pea sliders in a cornbread madeline and shallot jam which makes for a delicious, light […]

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Carom Review

Pan-Indian restaurant Carom has recently undergone a refurbishment taking it out of the traditional Indian style décor, so commonly adopted by Indian restaurants, and bringing it bang into the 21st century. The large open plan venue now boasts the look of a trendy lounge and bar where guests can enjoy the extensive bar menu including the amazing Lychee and Hibiscus cocktail with vodka, hibiscus and peach liquer, lychee puree and soda water, before heading over to the main restaurant. Executive head chef Vishnu Natarajan has updated the classic Carom menu, adding a selection of new plates focused on sharing while […]

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The Homage: Review

The Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton has recently appointment a new Executive Head chef, the charming Robert Prendergast (Grosvenor Guoman Hotel, Renaissance hotel group and Intercontinental) bringing with him 16 years of experience including years spent in Cardiff, Ireland and Hong Kong. The Handbook were invited down to try out the new a la carte menu which has modern European influences and has a partnership with the Buccleuch Estate beef. The restaurant itself is large and imposing with high ceilings and an ornate gold and white Louis XVI style décor with glittering chandeliers, elegant columns and leather banquets, […]

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The Homage: Review

The Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton has recently appointment a new Executive Head chef, the charming Robert Prendergast (Grosvenor Guoman Hotel, Renaissance hotel group and Intercontinental) bringing with him 16 years of experience including years spent in Cardiff, Ireland and Hong Kong. The Handbook were invited down to try out the new a la carte menu which has modern European influences and has a partnership with the Buccleuch Estate beef. The restaurant itself is large and imposing with high ceilings and an ornate gold and white Louis XVI style décor with glittering chandeliers, elegant columns and leather banquets, […]

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D and D’s Blackout Dinners

As part of the Totally Thames Festivals (where the beauty and the history of the river is celebrated), restaurant big dogs D&D have been hosting their Blackout dinners once again throughout September in their riverside restaurants.  For those who missed out last year, the dinners (which are a set menu and price) are hosted by candlelight so that diners can experience the unspoilt beauty of the Thames at night, because let’s be honest it’s much more magical at night, when the sludgy brown water becomes a sparklingly black and is lit up by the lights of the city along the […]

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D and D’s Blackout Dinners

As part of the Totally Thames Festivals (where the beauty and the history of the river is celebrated), restaurant big dogs D&D have been hosting their Blackout dinners once again throughout September in their riverside restaurants.  For those who missed out last year, the dinners (which are a set menu and price) are hosted by candlelight so that diners can experience the unspoilt beauty of the Thames at night, because let’s be honest it’s much more magical at night, when the sludgy brown water becomes a sparklingly black and is lit up by the lights of the city along the […]

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The Honor Oak Review

South London’s newest dining experience, The Honor Oak, has recently opened its doors after an expensive refurbishment with the aim to restore it back to its former glory days as a popular community hub in South East London. Whenever a pub opens that bids farewell to the days of the old man pub I breathe a sigh of relief; mustard walls, brown curtains and sticky bars are banished here in lieu of classic moss-coloured walls, hand-cut silhouettes for decoration and industrial looking light features. The menu keeps true to British flavours with Chef Robert Radcliffe in the kitchen drawing on […]

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Shaka Zulu Review

Filled with towering statues and tribal prints, Shaka Zulu, has created an immersive dining experience that makes you feels like you have skipped the 12 hour plane journey and landed bang in the middle of the Rainbow Nation. The cocktails are great and even boasts a Rum Blazer which was voted ‘CNN Top Twelve Unusual Cocktails in the World’ thusly awarded as you get a mini pyrotechnic show at your table as they prepare it for you, be warned though, it may look pretty but it kicks harder than a mule. If you can bear to share a cocktail, you […]

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The Black Dog Review

By all appearances The Black Dog in Vauxhall looks like any other pub, even inside it rocks a kind of shabby chic design with tables crammed just a little too tightly together but this is where the drawbacks end. It is always a sign of a confident kitchen team when the kitchen is open plan, as you can combine a perfect opportunity to snoop on the cleanliness and preparation of your food with a pre-meal show. They should be confident as the food, although simple, is surprisingly good with fresh flavours coming through easily and as they say, if it […]

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